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Carey Purcell is a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic. She writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.

Carey’s work has been published in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications. Read more.



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Published: Was Natalie Portman Right to Call Out Golden Globes’ All-Male Directors?

Originally published on View this story online  FeatureflashSHM/REX/Shutterstock Natalie Portman is easily one of the more accomplished women in Hollywood, with many titles and honors to her name: Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA, to name just a few. But … Continue reading

Interview: Lesli Margherita Slays in the Raunchy Grinch Spin-Off Who’s Holiday!

Originally published in the Village Voice View this story online In Matthew Lombardo’s one-woman show Who’s Holiday! (directed by Carl Andress), Cindy Lou Who is all grown up — and she isn’t quite the adorable child you remember from Dr. Seuss’s classic How the … Continue reading

Published: A Ranking of Hallmark’s Most Iconic Holiday Movies Based on How Problematic They Are

Originally published on View this story online Look at any given Hallmark holiday movie poster, and you’ll see the same thing: a woman dressed in an unbuttoned winter coat with a flowing scarf loosely draped around her neck. Her … Continue reading

Published: December is an expensive time to be single

Originally published in the Washington Post View this story online January is a month of disciplined eating for many attempting to drop extra pounds gained during two months of holiday parties and dinners. But for Lauren Peckman, four weeks of … Continue reading

Published: Is he interested in me, or does he just want Hamilton tickets?

Originally published in the Washington Post View this story online Dating is rarely easy, but it was a lot easier for me before 2015. Not because I was younger, thinner or less cynical. Rather it’s because, before 2015, “Hamilton” had not yet … Continue reading

Published: Of Thee I Sing Star Bryce Pinkham on Current Events, Corn Muffins and Carnegie Hall

Originally published on The Huffington Post View this story online “Apparently, we’re all chasing corn muffins,” Bryce Pinkham laughed, before adding in a more serious tone, “Hopefully not for much longer.” The Tony-nominated actor, known for his performances in A Gentleman’s … Continue reading

Published: “No Fatties”: When Health Care Hurts

Originally published on View this story online A fat person walking into a doctor’s office can expect lectures, condescension, and misdiagnoses from a medical culture that chalks every health issue up to weight. Kasey Smith began gaining weight as … Continue reading

Published: Women’s Struggles Continue Post-Apocalypse in Zoe Kazan’s New Play

According to Kazan’s compelling After the Blast, progress for women is moving slower than we think. In this post-apocalyptic play, directed with clarity and compassion by Lila Neugebauer for Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater, years have passed since an environmental disasterforced people … Continue reading